"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" is a Christmas song. It was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than 400,000 copies sold by Christmas. The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser and his band on October 24, 1934 (Decca 264A) featuring Tom Stacks on vocal, the version shown in the Variety charts of December 1934. The song was a sheet music hit, reaching #1. The song was also recorded on September 26, 1935, by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra. The song is a traditional standard at Christmas time, and has been covered by numerous recording artist.
Fat man's coming Fat man's coming
You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town
He's making a list And checking it twice Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you're sleeping He knows when you're awake He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake!
You better watch out! You better not cry You better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town
Hey kids look out don't cry Watch your step I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town
He's got a list as long as your arm He's never missed a city or farm Santa Claus is coming to town
If little Hal and Charlie Don't mind their P's and Q's How sad! Too bad! They'll wish they had! When the old boy (Santa) blows his fuse!
Take my advise the first thing you know You will improve your status quo Keep you conduct steady He may bring you Hedy (Hedy Lamarr) Hey Santa!